Greece and Turkey Earthquake: search for survivors continue

Greece and Turkey Earthquake: search for survivors continue

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On Friday (local time) a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea that left many without power or a safe building to shelter in overnight (local time) in Turkey and Greece.

The earthquake flattened 20 buildings in coastal Turkey. The large shake sent a surge of seawater flooding streets of Izmir and Samos.

Turkey put the magnitude lower, at 6.6 following the magnitude 7.0.

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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul and struck at a depth of 10km. Turkey and Greece both sit on earthquake-prone fault lines and earthquakes are common.

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Residents were urged by authorities and officials on Friday (local time) to stay outdoors and keep away from coastal areas. About 45,000 people live on Samos.

The death toll has risen to 27 and more than 800 people have been reported as injured.

Twenty-five people were killed in Izmir, in the west of Turkey, officials said.

Both a young girl and a boy died in Samos when a wall collapsed on them.

One of the 20 confirmed victims had drowned.

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20 structures, including apartment buildings in Izmir, collapsed.

Authorities said that 70 people had been rescued from under the rubble.

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Rescuers continued to dig through concrete blocks after dark, hoping to find more survivors.

Authorities in Izmir, the rural capital, set up a tent area to house about 2,000 people overnight, amid fears that more buildings could collapse.

Work continued through the night to search for survivors in 20 buildings that were destroyed as a result of the earthquake.

Officials reported that search and rescue operations had been completed in eight buildings, operations are continuing in nine other locations.

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Rescue crews and volunteers worked on Friday before Saturday (local time) to further look for any survivors in the downed rubble of buildings when the earthquake struck.

 

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A 16-year-old girl and her dog were pulled alive from the concrete in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A mother and four of her children are reported trapped in the centre of the city.

Approximately 4,000 rescue workers, 475 vehicles and 20 sniffer dogs have been deployed to find more survivors.

The most damage occurred in Izmir, off Turkey’s Aegean coast – where the tremor sent many people running out into the streets in fear and panic of the large quake.

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